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Capcom Reveals Everything You Want To Know About Monster Hunter 3

Posted by Jon Wahlgren

Free online play, WiiSpeak support and more

Among all the other tidbits and release dates coming out of Nintendo's American Media Summit today, Capcom confirmed the hopes and dreams of Western monster hunters by announcing a whole slew of things about Monster Hunter 3 Tri.

The game has been given a solid release date of April 20 with a demo disc hitting GameStops across the country on March 8. Wii Speak support is in and online play will cost zero dollars. The game will also be optionally bundled with the Classic Controller Pro.

Oh, just read what they have to say:


Free Online Play, Release Date, Wii-Speak Support, Playable Demo, and Exclusive Pre-order Incentives Give Consumers Even More Reason to Join the Monster Hunter Phenomenon

SAN FRANCISCO, CA— February 24, 2010 — Capcom® Entertainment, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced big plans for its upcoming game Monster Hunter™ Tri at the Nintendo Media Summit in San Francisco. Capcom revealed that the Wii™ exclusive would be shipping to retail stores on April 20, 2010 along with the launch of the new Classic Controller Pro™. Limited quantities of Monster Hunter Tri will be bundled in with the new controller for a suggested retail price of $59.99. The standalone game will be released with a suggested retail price of $49.99. Along with the exciting news of the ship date, Capcom and Nintendo revealed its online plans for the North American fans by offering online play at no cost. Gamers also now have options for how they want to communicate as they develop tactics and strategies for hunting majestic monsters, either by text based chat or Wii Speak™, Nintendo’s hands free microphone.

Additionally, a playable demo and new pre-order incentive will be available exclusively via a partnership with GameStop locations across North America. Nintendo fans can get a taste of the action on March 8th when the demo becomes available at GameStop stores nationwide. For a limited time only, those consumers who place a pre-order for the game will receive an exclusive collectible Monster Hunter™ Tri Points Card valued at 500 Points ($5.00) and available at time of pick-up, good towards the purchase of any content in the Wii Shop or Nintendo DSi™ Shop Channels.

Simultaneously with these announcements, Capcom today begins a robust marketing campaign including the first in a series of viral videos focused on “true hunters” as the doors on the Monster Hunter Tri website officially open. Featuring a master hunter named Ironbeard McCullough, the new website and videos give deeper insight into becoming a true monster hunter and allows them to sign up for a hunting license. The Monster Hunter Tri Hunting License rewards users for sharing content by unlocking achievements and digital rewards. The videos and content that are shared will be derived from the Monster Hunter Channel on

Making its North American debut on Wii this spring, Monster Hunter Tri is one of the most strikingly beautiful titles developed for theWii. Monster Hunter Tri depicts a living, breathing ecosystem where man co-exists with the fantastic beasts that roam both the dry land and the brand new sub-aqua environment – a first for the series. Offering the player varied control configurations to suit their style of play, players can choose between the Classic Controller Pro™, Wii Remote™ and Nunchuk™, or Classic Controller™ to slay the majestic beasts that inhabit the world.

The Monster Hunter® series has sold over 11 million units worldwide and has become a social phenomenon in Japan giving rise to training camps, dedicated festivals and numerous licensed products. Monster Hunter Tri sold 520,000 units in its first week of release in Japan and became the leading title sold across all platforms for the week of its release.

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Hardy83 said:

Is the 500 points thing available in Canada? Does anyone know? My guess is no but still wondering.



Bigdog said:

I've heard of this game, but after today, I am officially intrigued. Sounds like good times!



Bigdog said:

Anyone knows if the Demo is available for free and to everyone? Just for pre-orders?



MasterGraveheart said:

So Capcom IS gonna make the effort to advertise their Wii games, huh? Liked it with Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, hope that sells well, and I hope this one blows awesome out of the freakin' water... while getting the attention it deserves.



Deviant_Mugen said:

Sounds like Capcom is baiting the hook quite meticulously; I'm definitely interested in this game, even if I'll have to miss out on all the online play...



AVahne said:

I want the Wii points, and since its an exclusive card, i'm keeping the card for the picture



ChrisS2626 said:

Would be great if the demo was free or if nintendo would bring back the demo service.



siavm said:

They are offering so much I had to preorder it today. I played a little on the psp demo it was okay but this sounds way better.



Supermarioman said:

Damn it Nintendo, I was gonna try to save my money for something really big like a new console since I get all my money in the summer, but now I have to preorder this for April 20th , Super Mario Galaxy 2 for the May 23rd, Sin and Punishment 2 for June 7th, and finally Metroid: Other M for June 27th for June 27th, its a good thing that I'll be making $20 or more a week in the summer.



Terra said:

I was expecting that the online fees would be dropped but It's great to see Wii Speak added. I need a lot more money



Rerun said:

I checked this out on Amazon. They're giving $10 credit and they're pricing the software only copy at $44.99 PLUS a $10 credit. I would like to have the Nintendo Points Card but IMHO the $10 credit is better.



HipsterDashie said:

I'm really starting to look foward to this game now. I hope they release details about the UK release soon!

One question I still have is whether the Wii Speak is with anyone, or friends only?



astarisborn94 said:

Holy ****, it's coming out on my birthday.

And FREE online play. I think I'm gonna scream.

Wii Speaks only adds to the awesomeness.



Slapshot said:

Ill be buying this one on PSP as it was recently announced that it will be ported to PSP this year. Sounds like a great portable game, as the others were quite fun as well.



rjejr said:

Just wanted to ad the video is now up on the US Nintendo Channel. Looks really good.
I ordered Eternal Ocean: Blue World in part for the free WiiSpeak but am looking forward to putting it to use for this.



ToadFan said:

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Great !!! Can't wait ! Thanks for Nintendo Life to for quick info !



Toddr said:

According to, this game is coming out on April 2, but it may be a spelling error.



Supermarioman said:

April 6th is what Gamestop says, sure they've released game early before, but this date is probably false.



Objection said:

I'm very excited for this title, it might be another rare one that I get within the first week of release. I'll of course be taking advantage of any demo disc that comes my way, too.



Vendetta said:

I dunno why, but I get the feeling there might be a collectors' edition for this one. It just has that kind of heaviness for a title that begs for it.

Either way, I'm getting this game.



HolyMackerel said:

Free online has sealed the deal for me. I was going to get it anyway, but that's just the icing on top of the cake!



DarkEdi said:

Why isn´t compatible with gamecube controller ?? the classic is the same but a Z button extra isn´t exchange configuration buttons.



Snoopy said:

insta buy. and nintendo said we dont like online games. ha. now they are finally seeing the light? hopefully.

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